Pamela Anderson wants Israel to go fur-free.
The former “Baywatch” actress and current PETA activist wrote a letter, following her recent visit to Israel, asking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to help approve a bill that would make fur sales, except for specific religious purposes, illegal in the country.
“I am especially thrilled to know that your country is considering a bill to ban the sale of fur, similar to legislation passed in West Hollywood, California,” Anderson wrote in her letter to the Prime Minister. “I’m writing to urge you to do everything in your power to help pass this historic bill, which has been signed by 40 members of the Knesset and includes an exemption for religious purposes.”
She also appealed to Netanyahu’s recent statement that he was committed to ending animal cruelty by adding a link to a video showing animals electrocuted and skinned alive in China’s fur industry.
“I hope you’ll agree that the way in which animals suffer and die for fur violates Jewish principles, which strictly prohibit causing animals unnecessary suffering,” she wrote.
The most recent bill is the second attempt by legislators to ban the fur industry in Israel. In 2012 a similar legislation was proposed and gained support of Knesset members, but ultimately died when a change in government caused a mix-up in the Knesset, and the bill fell through the cracks.
This new bill, proposed by Ruth Calderon and Nitzan Horowitz would, like the first bill, prohibit the sale of fur items in Israel’s fashion industry but permit its use in streimels, the fur hats worn by some ultra-Orthodox communities, and scientific research.
“In Israel, there is a broad public consensus that the killing of animals for their fur is an act contrary to morality,” the bill states, calling for an end to “cruelty and unspeakable suffering” caused by the fur trade.
PETA, for which Anderson recently posed nude to protest fur, praised Israel for its track record on animal rights and the Knesset’s renewed efforts to stop fur sales countrywide.
“Israel’s record on animal rights is strong: not only did the country ban cosmetics testing on animals in 2013, it also looks set to put in place a historic ban on selling foie gras,” PETA said in a statement on its UK website. “Banning the sale of fur would be another extremely impressive step forward and make a real contribution to the struggle to eliminate some of the senseless violence that we inflict on animals.”